Of course, the affective and cognitive dimensions are connected, and they do overlap to some extent. If your days are filled with positive emotions, Ufabet you are likely to report higher levels of overall life satisfaction. Equally, we can have shitty mornings and still feel we have a wonderful life overall.
Eudaimonia: The Third Dimension of Happiness
To make things a little more complicated, let us introduce a third dimension called eudaimonia. That is the Ancient Greek word for happiness, and it is based on Aristotle’s perception of happiness. To him, the good life was a meaningful and purposeful life. We will mainly focus on overall happiness – the cognitive dimension – people who feel they have a wonderful life, but we will look at our everyday moods and our sense of purpose as well.
Once we have looked at these three dimensions, what we at the Happiness Research Institute ideally do is to follow people over time. Not in a creepy, stalker kind of way but scientifically.
How do those events and changes in life circumstance impact on the different dimensions of happiness?
We monitor large groups of people over long periods of time to see how changes in their lives impact on their happiness. If I were to follow you and ten thousand other people, some significant changes are bound to happen to each individual over the next decade that will make a difference to how happy they are. Some of them will fall in love and some will fall out of love; some will be promoted and some will be fired; some will move to London and some Ufabetthailand will leave the city; some will break hearts and some will have their hearts broken.
Over the next ten years, highs and lows are guaranteed, we are bound to witness victories and losses – and at least one distrait, elbow-patch-wearing scientist will leave his computer on a plane. The question is, how do those events and changes in life circumstance impact on the different dimensions of happiness? What is the average impact on people’s life satisfaction from doubling their income, getting married or moving to the countryside? That is what we try to understand.